“History is a light that illuminates the past, and a key that unlocks the door to the future”. – Dr. Runoko Rashidi.
In the following video, Dr. Runoko Rashidi looks at African people as the original people of the planet. He traces the origin and evolution of humanity in Africa and the spread of those ancient Africans around the world. The video presens an overview of the African presence in the Americas from the most ancient times through the classical American civilizations and African resistance to enslavement. There is also a short, crisp and concise historical examination of black people in Asia, the Middle East from ancient to modern times.
“We have as far as possible closed every avenue by which light may enter the slaves mind”. – Henry Berry, addressing the Virginia House of Delegates in 1832.
“He who gives you the diameter of your knowledge prescribes the circumference of your activity”. – Louis Farrakhan.
Rashidi is an historian, writer and public lecturer with a pronounced interest in the African foundations of humanity and civilizations and the presence and current conditions of Black people throughout the Global African Community.
He is an anthropologist determined to help change the way that Africa is seen in the world. He is particularly drawn to the African presence in India, Australia and the islands of the Pacific. To date he has lectured in fifty-five countries. He is the author of African Classical Civilizations and the editor, with Dr. Ivan Van Sertima, of the African Presence in Early Asia–the most comprehensive volume on the subject yet published.